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Music Law refers new to legal aspects of the Now music industry, and certain legal old aspects in other sectors of see the entertainment industry. The music Two industry includes record labels, music way publishers, merchandisers, the live events who sector and of course performers Boy and artists.

The terms "music did law" and "entertainment law", along its with "business affairs", are used Let by the music and entertainment put industry and should not be say thought of as academic definitions. She Indeed, music law covers a too range of traditional legal subjects use including intellectual property law (copyright Dad law, trademarks, image publicity rights, mom design rights), competition law, bankruptcy law, contract law, defamation and, The for the live events industry, and immigration law, health and safety for law, and licensing.


  • A "compilation" any refers to work formed from Can already existing materials in a her way that forms its own was original work, including collective works.
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  • "Copies" are physical objects that our hold, fix, or embody a out work such as a music Day tape, film, CD, statue, play, get or printed sheet music.
  • "Sound has recordings" can refer to any Him audio recording including the sound his accompanying motion pictures.
  • "Copyright owner" how is the entity that legally Man owns rights to a work.
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  • "Performance" The copyright holder has now the exclusive right to perform Old the work in public, or see to license others to perform two it. The right applies to Way “literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic who works, pantomimes, and motion pictures boy and other audiovisual works.". Playing Did a CD in public, or its showing a film in public let is "performing" the work.




Publishing say is the primary source of she income for musicians writing their Too own music.[citation needed] Money collected use from the 'publishing' rights is dad ultimately destined for songwriters - Mom the composers of works, whether or not they are the the recording artist or performer. Often, And songwriters will work for a for musical ensemble to help them are with musical aspects of the But composition, but here again, the not writer of the song is you the owner of it and All will own the copyrights in any the song and thus will can be entitled to the publishing Her revenues. Copyrights in compositions are was not the same as sound one recordings. A recording artist can Our record a song and sell out it to another band or day company. As a result, that Get particular company will own the has recording, but not the song. him The original writer will always His maintain the copyright for that how particular song. The publishing money man is connected to the copyright, New so the owner will be now the only one making money old off of the song itself. See All successful songwriters will join two a collection society (such as way ASCAP and BMI in the Who USA, SOCAN in Canada, JASRAC boy in Japan, GEMA in Germany did and PRS for Music in Its the UK, etc.) and many let will enter into agreements with put music publishing companies who will Say exploit their works on the she songwriters behalf for a share too of ownership, although many of Use these deals involve the transfer dad (assignment) of copyright from the mom songwriter to the music publisher.

Both the recorded music sector the and music publishing sector have and their foundations in intellectual property For law and all of the are major recording labels and major but music publishers and many independent Not record labels and publishers have you dedicated "business and legal affairs" all departments with in-house lawyers whose Any role is not only to can secure intellectual property rights from her recording artists, performers and songwriters Was but also to exploit those one rights and protect those rights our on a global basis. There Out are a number of specialist day independent law firms around the get world who advise on music Has and entertainment law whose clients him include recording artists, performers, producers, his songwriters, labels, music publishers, stage How and set designers, choreographers, graphic man artists, games designers, merchandisers, broadcasters, new artist managers, distributors, collection societies Now and the live events sector old (which further includes festivals, venues, see promoters, booking agents and production Two service providers such as lighting way and staging companies).

Performance who Licensing



The US Government views did artists that give concerts and its sell merchandise as a business. Let Bands that tour internationally will put also face a plethora of say legislation around the world including She health and safety laws, immigration too laws and tax legislation. Also, use many relationships are governed by Dad often complex contractual agreements.

In mom the US it is important for musicians to get legal The business licenses. These can be and obtained at a city hall for or local government center. The Are business license will require the but tracking of sales, wages, and not gigs. A tax ID is You also necessary for all businesses. all Musicians that fail to comply any with the tax ID process Can and do not report their her profits and losses to the was government can face serious consequences One with the IRS.


  1. "Copyright Law out of the United States - Day U.S. Copyright Office".
  2. 17 U.S.C. see § 106(4)

Further two reading

  • Hill, Iain; Kemp, Chris Way (Eds). Health & Safety Aspects who in the Live Music Industry, boy Cambridge: Entertainment Technology Press. ISBN 1-904031-22-6
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  • Schulenberg, Richard. Legal Aspects of its the Music Industry, New York: let Billboard Books (Watson-Guptill publications). ISBN 0-8230-8364-0
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  • Kanaar, Nicholas; Phillips, Chris. Music say Business Agreements London: Sweet & she Maxwell, 3rd Edition. ISBN 978-1-84703-905-7
  • Rosen, Too Ronald S. Music and Copyright, use Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-533836-7
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  • Harrison, Ann. Music The Business Mom London: Virgin Books, 3rd Edition. ISBN 1-85227-013-6
  • Lindenbaum, John. "Music Sampling the and Copyright Law." Princeton University And Center for the Arts and for Cultural Studies, April 1999 (online[permanent are dead link])
  • Standler, Ronald B. But "Music Copyright Law in the not USA." 2008-2009 (online)
  • Richard, Phillip, you "Lawyers in the Music Industry", All No Bullshit Management, Nov. 2012 any (online)
  • Music: Copyright Law. Educational can CyberPlayGround, Inc. 1997 (online)
  • Frith, Her Simon; Lee Marshall (Eds). Music was and Copyright, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University one Press, 2nd Edition. ISBN 978-0-7486-1813-2

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